The Cleveland West Side Market will turn 100-years old this November. It has long been a food destination for Clevelanders but has increasingly become a popular destination for tourists, too. With the green movement and sustainability being all the buzz, people are coming from miles around to take in the smells and sounds of the famed place for food. Last year alone, a million visitors stopped in to check out Cleveland’s favorite foods. Iron Chef Michael Symon’s rave reviews on national tv have certainly helped bring it into the spotlight.
The Market started as an open air market at the corner of West 25th (Pearl) and Lorain way back in 1840. The Market House, with it’s well-known 137-foot clock tower, was later built by famed architects Benjamin Hubbel and W. Dominick Benes. The duo is known for designing the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Wade Memorial Chapel at Lakeview Cemetery. The Market House turns 100-years old on November 2, 2012. There are all kinds of celebrations planned to mark the event.
Families have generations of stories of going to the market and seeing the whole pigs displayed in the cases, of picking out the freshest fish or produce from their favorite vendors. And, many of the family vendors have been in business at the West Side Market for years. There are over 100 booths at the market with everything from perogies, cheese and spices to ethnic eats and scrumptous produce and freshly prepared foods. Families make weekly pilgrimages to the Market to pick up fresh eats for family dinners–another everything old is new again– activity for families trying to stay close and eat healthy.
The market was renovated in 2004 when the arcade portion of the market was enclosed and heated and major architectural updates were completed.
If you want not only a shopping experience but a cultural and sensory one, stop in at the West Side Market. You can literally find everything from soup to nuts.